Lurch has bigger issues to worry about, like global warming.
Via Washington Examiner:
Secretary of State John Kerry has not responded to a congressional letter asking that he call for the release of Saeed Abedini, an American pastor being tortured by Iranian jailers who want to force him to renounce his Christianity.
“As an American citizen, Mr. Abedini deserves nothing less than the exercising of every diplomatic tool of the U.S. government to defend his basic human rights,” a bipartisan group of over 80 senators and House members, led by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., wrote in the letter on February 12th. “We respectfully request that you continue to use every diplomatic avenue possible . . . to secure Mr. Abedini’s unconditional release and that you personally and publicly condemn his arbitrary detainment in a statement.”
Kerry has not done so, though he gave a wide-ranging foreign policy speech at the University of Virginia on Wednesday, which he opened by complaining that the State Department needs more federal funding in order to “stand up for our American values” abroad. A comment about Abedini’s plight, of course, would not have cost Kerry a dime.